Hemp oil, hemp seed oil, CBD oil, THC oil, the list seems endless! The world of hemp and CBD products can seem complex, but it doesn’t have to be. Hemp oil and its family of hemp plant derivatives have been identified as a potentially fantastic ingredient for skincare, face oils and more, with purported benefits for acne, rosacea, skin dryness, anti-ageing, pigmentation and many other skin conditions. But what does this really mean? Are the claims true? Where does CBD oil come into it? And how can you use hemp oil on your face to get effective results? We’ll talk you through everything you need to know about hemp oil and CBD oil as a part of your skincare routine.
What Is Hemp Oil Without Cannabinoids?
Hemp oil, known as hemp seed oil, comes from the seeds of the Hemp plant, which is a certain form of the Cannabis Sativa plant. In most markets, Hemp is legally defined as a strain of Cannabis Sativa with less than 0.3% THC, however, CBVIT hemp oil contains 0% THC, as it comes from hemp seeds rather than from flowers stems and leaves (more on that later). Much like sunflower oil, avocado seed oil, rosehip seed oil, coconut oil and a variety of other common natural oils you can find in your local supermarket, pure hemp oil is derived from the seeds of the plant to create a light green, clear oil with a similar appearance to olive oil, that can be used for a variety of different benefits. It has a nutty flavour when used for its nutritional benefits, but can also be a great part of your daily skincare regimen.
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD oil, like hemp seed oil, comes from the Cannabis Sativa plant. However, instead of coming from the seeds of the plant, extracted oil uses the stems, leaves and flowers of the plant to add extra compounds to the hemp oil, called Cannabinoids. 100+ of these compounds make up CBD. CBG and CBDV in oil contain all the benefits of hemp oil such as the high concentration of fatty and amino acids, but most importantly contains cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, to provide additional benefits, including as an anti-inflammatory. CBD is still very under-researched, despite its growing popularity however, so many of the distinct benefits associated with CBD for the skin and face are unproven. Despite this, CBD used topically has been seen to be very safe for a wide variety of skin types and tones, and anecdotal evidence is very positive when it comes to the use of CBD oil on the face.
CBD oil has potential benefits to hemp oil due to the interaction CBD has with the endocannabinoid system, which is a system that naturally exists in our body and works to balance and regulates a wide variety of different processes in the body, such as sleep, appetite, stress and immune function, all of which can have an effect on the skin. Initial studies show that CBD interacts positively with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to provide a wide variety of benefits, including for the skin.
What Are The Benefits of Hemp Oil and CBD Oil For Skin?
Hemp oil contains high concentrations of omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, which aid a variety of skin functions, including as an anti-inflammatory and a humectant (hydrating by drawing water into the skin). It also contains concentrations of Vitamin A and Vitamin D, which have a massive number of uses to promote healthy skin. Hemp oil is intensely hydrating on the skin due to the presence of fatty acids. One study found that taking hemp seed oil as part of your diet improved the symptoms of atopic dermatitis over time, though further studies need to be carried out on this to provide conclusive results.
There are also a high proportion of Amino Acids in hemp oil, with over 20 amino acids recognised. This acts as a very effective anti-inflammatory, while also encouraging cell regeneration, reducing redness, dullness and conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Hemp oil and products containing hemp and CBD oils can be used for all skin types, though they are especially effective on oily and acne-prone skin types, as they help to moisturise the skin without clogging pores or trapping dirt and impurities. This can balance oily and acne-prone skin types by ensuring the skin has all the hydration it needs, thereby reducing excess oil production. In turn, this reduces acne which can be triggered by excess oil buildup on the skin’s surface. Hemp oil also contains linoleic acid and oleic acids, which aren’t produced naturally by the body, but do have great benefits when it comes to maintaining good skin health and preventing the signs of skin ageing.
Some evidence shows that there is a link between the use of CBD and anti-inflammatory properties, which may extend to reduced inflammation in the skin and on the face, as well as within the body, however, more research is needed in this field.
How To Use CBD Oil and Hemp Oil On Your Face.
There are a wide variety of different ways to use hemp oil on your face, including CBD oil. The first and most obvious way to use hemp oil is to apply it topically, to either the whole face or just certain “problem areas” in the skin. If you have irritation or dry patches of the skin that you want to soothe or effectively moisturise quickly, then this can be a very effective method of using CBD or hemp oil on your face.
While CBD and hemp oils are generally very non-reactive, it is important to always patch test when trying new products or skincare to prevent any irritation or a painful reaction on large areas of the face. The best place to patch test is a small area of the upper arm or near the crook of your elbow, as it is easily accessible but can be easily covered and treated in case of an uncomfortable reaction. Wash and dry the area you are patch testing on and apply a small amount of the hemp or CBD oil you’re using beforehand. If you’re using a mixture of products (such as an essential oil or in combination with a separate skincare product), you should patch test twice in separate spaces and at separate times - once with the pure hemp oil, and once with your combination of products. You should leave your patch test for 24 hours, and if you experience any adverse effects such as redness, itching, burning or any other form of discomfort, discontinue use of the CBD oil immediately, and wash your patch test area with regular soap and water.
For topical treatment of acne and other inflammatory skin conditions, you should leave the oil on for a few minutes before washing off with warm water. To use the hemp oil for its moisturising factors, put the oil on as part of your evening skin routine and then leave it on overnight to give your skin a deep conditioning treatment. When combined with a steam treatment, CBD can be incredibly effective at helping cleanse and moisturise the skin. Apply a thin later of oil onto your face after making sure the skin is clean and dry, before laying a hot washcloth over the area until it cools. The steam helps open the pores, allowing dirt and impurities to be pulled out and helping the oil absorb further. Once the cloth has cooled, use the damp cloth to wipe away any excess oil.
Like many other natural oils, hemp oil and CBD oil can also be used as an oil-based makeup remover. Coconut oil is commonly used in this way, however, coconut oil is considered to be comedogenic, meaning it blocks the pores of the face, making blackheads, impurities and other imperfections more common. Hemp oil, on the other hand, has a comedogenic rating of zero, meaning it won’t clog pores or prevent the skin from breathing properly. It can be used to effectively dissolve oils and waxes in makeup, especially waterproof makeup, which is notoriously difficult to remove using water-based removers and cleaners. Using a washcloth, cotton pad or cotton wool ball and a small amount of hemp oil, makeup can be effectively removed in a way that is non-irritating, moisturising and doesn’t irritate the skin.
Hemp Oil And CBD Oil In Skincare
The incredible, skin-loving properties of CBD and hemp oil can also be harnessed alongside traditional skincare. A moisturising face cream is an easy way to enhance your skin using the power of CBD and hemp oil, and can be used daily in place of your regular moisturiser to give you soft, nourished and plump skin. At CBVIT, we also offer a fantastic CBD ointment that can be used for particularly dry or cracked skin, irritation such as eczema and dehydrated skin, scarring and sensitive skin. All of our products are completely free of THC, so you won’t get high from them, and are completely vegan, organic, and don’t contain any GMOs.